|IOWA VS. NORTH TEXAS|
|DATE||Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2:30 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa | Kinnick Stadium (70,585)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
1st and 10
1: In a tradition that started at the University of Iowa football team’s season opener in 2017, fans inside Kinnick Stadium and patients and families inside the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital will exchanges waves at the end of the first quarter.
2: QB Nate Stanley has eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts, more than any other quarterback in the Kirk Ferentz era. The eight touchdown passes lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally.
3: Kirk Ferentz teams have finished in the Associated Press top 10 on five occasions, and in four of those seasons the Hawkeyes were led by a first-year starter – Brad Banks in 2002, Nathan Chandler in 2003, Drew Tate in 2004, and C.J. Beathard in 2015.
4: LB Josey Jewell leads the team and ranks third in the Big Ten with 21 tackles. He has lead the team in tackles in each of the last two seasons (126 in 2015, 124 in 2016).
5: WR Nick Easley is the first player under Kirk Ferentz to have a TD reception in each of his first two career games.
6: RB Akrum Wadley ranks 15th in career rushing yards (336-1,997). He is three yards shy of becoming the 15th player in program history to rush for 2,000 career yards.
7: QB Nate Stanley established career highs in completions (27), attempts (41), yards (333), and touchdowns (5) in Week 2’s overtime win at Iowa State. He is the first Iowa quarterback with 300-plus passing yards and five-plus touchdown passes since Chuck Hartlieb vs. Northwestern in 1987.
8: Iowa had four touchdown drives against Iowa State that traveled 89 yards or more (plays-yards: 10-91, 11-94, 11-92, 7-89), and another of 76 yards.
9: Kirk Ferentz’s 137 wins in all games coached as a member of the Big Ten Conference ranks sixth in league history. Ferentz entered the Iowa State game tied for sixth (Henry Williams of Minnesota). He is six wins from tying Hayden Fry as the Hawkeyes’ all-time winningest football coach.
10: Former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry compiled a 40-23-3 record from 1973-78 at North Texas. Fry left Denton, Texas, for Iowa City, Iowa, in 1979 and won 143 games as the Hawkeyes’ head coach from 1979-1998.
Iowa has played 1,222 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 635-548-39 (.535). That includes a 398-216-16 (.641) record in home games, a 237-332-23 (.418) record in games away from Iowa City, a 320-369-25 (.464) mark in Big Ten games and a 281-180-15 (.600) record in Kinnick Stadium.
A PLEASANT RESOLUTION TO THE CASE OF THE UNKNOWN
QB Nate Stanley is the 14th quarterback to start a game under Kirk Ferentz. Since 1999, both of Kirk Ferentz’s Big Ten championships have been with a first-year starting quarterback. Brad Banks led Iowa to a share of the conference title in 2002, and Drew Tate did the same in 2004. In 2015, first-year starter C.J. Beathard was given the keys to the offense and drove Iowa to the Big Ten championship game and Rose Bowl.
Ferentz teams have also finished in the Associated Press top-10 on five occasions, and in four of those seasons the Hawkeyes were led by a first-year starter — Banks in 2002, Nathan Chandler in 2003, Tate in 2004, and Beathard in 2015.
WADLEY NAMED TO PAUL HORNUNG AWARD HONOR ROLL
RB Akrum Wadley was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following Iowa’s 44-41 overtime win at Iowa State Saturday. Wadley is one of five players nationally to earn the recognition. The Hornung Award is presented annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football.
Wadley accounted for 260 all-purpose yards against the Cyclones. He is averaging 203 all-purpose yards per game, second best in the Big Ten and fourth nationally.
Wadley rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown on a career-best 28 attempts, and had four receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown. He also added three kickoff returns for 70 yards. Wadley scored on a one-yard run to give Iowa a 21-10 advantage in the third quarter. He later hauled in a short pass from quarterback Nate Stanley and turned the play into a 46-yard scoring play that tied the game in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. That play ranks as Wadley’s longest career reception.
STANLEY NAMED B1G CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QB Nate Stanley was named Big Ten Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 44-41 overtime win at Iowa State on Sept. 9. He was also one of eight quarterbacks nationally named the Manning Award “Star of the Week.”
Stanley completed 27-of-41 pass attempts for 333 yards and five touchdowns, with no interceptions. His scoring passes covered 10, 17, 15, 46 and 5 yards, as nine Hawkeyes had at least one reception.
Stanley led the Iowa offense on four scoring drives of at least 89 yards. Iowa’s final scoring drive in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter covered 89 yards in just seven plays as the Hawkeyes tied the game with 1:52 remaining. Stanley then completed 2-of-3 passes for 15 yards in overtime, including the game-winning touchdown after Iowa State had scored a field goal on its overtime possession.
Stanley established career highs in completions (27), attempts (41), yards (333), and touchdowns (5). He has eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts, more than any other quarterback in the Kirk Ferentz era.
Stanley is only the second Big Ten quarterback in the last 20 years with 300-plus passing yards, five-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in a road game.
The Big Ten honor is the first career honor for Stanley, and follows senior linebacker Josey Jewell being named conference defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s opening win over Wyoming. C.J. Beathard, following Iowa’s win at Iowa State in 2015, is the most recent Iowa quarterback to earn the conference recognition.
STANLEY MAKING HISTORY
QB Nate Stanley has eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts, more than any other quarterback in the Ferentz era.
He threw three touchdowns in his first career start Week 1. The last quarterback to do that was Ricky Stanzi (3, vs. Florida Atlantic in 2008). Since, 1999, the only other quarterback to throw three or more touchdowns in his first career start under Ferentz was Jon Beutjer (4, at Indiana in 2000).
Stanley threw for five touchdowns and 333 yards against Iowa State in Week 2, becoming the first Iowa quarterback with 300-plus passing yards and five-plus touchdown passes since Chuck Hartlieb vs. Northwestern in 1987.
Stanley is the fourth quarterback in the Ferentz era to make his first true road start at Jack Trice Stadium. The others include Nathan Chandler (W, 40-21, in 2003), Jake Christiansen (L, 15-13, in 2007), and Jake Ruddock (W, 27-21, in 2013). He finished the game with career highs in completions (27), attempts (41), yards (333), and touchdowns (5), and became only the second Big Ten quarterback in the last 20 years with 300-plus pass yards, five-plus pass TDs and no interceptions in a road game.
FERENTZ AMONG B1G LEADERS, CLOSING ON FRY
Kirk Ferentz has 137 overall wins and 82 Big Ten wins as Iowa’s head coach. The 82 conference wins rank sixth among the conference’s all-time winningest coaches in Big Ten games.
Ferentz’s 137 wins in all games coached as a member of the Big Ten Conference rank sixth in league history and second all-time at Iowa. He is six wins from tying Hayden Fry as the Hawkeyes’ all-time winningest football coach.
Both Ferentz (137, 82) and Fry (143, 96) rank in the top seven in overall wins and Big Ten wins. Only Iowa and Michigan have two coaches ranked in the top 10 of both win categories (Bo Schembechler 194, 143; and Lloyd Carr 122, 81).
IOWA/NORTH TEXAS CONNECTIONS
Former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry compiled a 40-23-3 record from 1973-78 at North Texas. Fry left Denton, Texas, for Iowa City, Iowa, in 1979 and won 143 games as the Hawkeyes’ head coach from 1979-1998. Fry is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach (143-89-6).
IOWA VS. NORTH TEXAS, CONFERENCE USA
In 2015, the Hawkeyes defeated North Texas, 62-16, in the teams’ only previous meeting. Iowa is 5-1 all-time against members of Conference USA. The Hawkeyes defeated UTEP, 69-7, in 1986, and are 3-1 all-time against Tulsa.
TACKLE BY JOSEY JEWELL
LB Josey Jewell leads the team and ranks third in the Big Ten with 21 tackles. He has led the team in tackles in each of the last two seasons (126 in 2015, 124 in 2016). Jewell was named Walter Camp, Lott IMPACT, and Bednarik Award national and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 24-3 win over Wyoming on Sept. 2. Jewell led Iowa with 14 tackles, including seven solo stops. His totals included two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one pass break-up. His QB pressure late in the game led to Iowa’s second interception. The Big Ten Player of the Week recognition was the first for Jewell.
The Hawkeyes are the only FBS team with two players that rushed for 1,000-plus yards in 2016. Senior RB Akrum Wadley led the Hawkeyes in rushing yards (1,081) in 2016, and senior RB James Butler rushed for 1,336 yards as a junior at Nevada in 2016.
In 2017, Wadley leads the Hawkeyes with 234 yards on 52 carries. Butler ranks second on the team with 84 yards on 20 carries.
WADLEY PURSUES RARE FEAT
Senior RB Akrum Wadley has 234 yards rushing in 2017. He rushed for 1,081 yards in 2016, and with another 1,000-yard campaign he could become the fourth Hawkeye in program history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and the first since Fred Russell went back-to-back in 2002 (1,355) and 2003 (1,264). The other Hawkeyes with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons include Sedrick Shaw (1,002 in 1994, 1,477 in 1995, 1,116 in 1996) and Ladell Betts (1,090 in 2000 and 1,060 in 2001). Wadley is tied for 19th in career scoring with 144 points.
RB Akrum Wadley ranks 15th in career rushing yards (336-1,997). He is three yards shy of becoming the 15th player in program history to rush for 2,000 career yards. Among the 14 career 2,000 yard rushers in program history, Wadley ties Tavian Banks and Shonn Greene for best average yards per carry (5.9).
THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
RB Akrum Wadley ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 4 nationally averaging 203.0 all-purpose yards per game. Through two games, he has 234 yards rushing, 72 yards receiving, and 100 yards on kick returns. He has 2,577 career all-purpose yards (1,997 rush, 480 receiving, 100 KO returns).
ANOTHER HYPHEN OUT WIDE
In his first career start on Sept. 9, true freshman WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette had four receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning five-yard touchdown reception in overtime. He is 170 receptions from tying Kevonte Martin-Manley’s all-time receptions record (174), and 169 receptions from tying Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for second all-time (173).
Smith-Marsette is the fourth true freshman in the Ferentz era to start at wide receiver. Jerminic Smith started two games in 2015, Matt VandeBerg started two games in 2013, and Dominique Douglas started 11 games in 2006.
NEW JERSEY PREPS LEAVE MARK ON CY-HAWK SERIES
Senior RB Akrum Wadley and true freshman WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, both graduates of Weequahic (WE-quick) High School in Newark, New Jersey, combined for four touchdowns in Iowa’s 44-41 overtime win over Iowa State on Sept. 9. Wadley turned a short crossing route into a 46-yard touchdown reception in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to tie the game, 38-38, and Smith-Marsette caught a five-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime to win the game, 44-41.
Wadley completed the game with 118 rushing yards on a career-high 28 attempts, four receptions for 72 yards and three KO returns for 70 yards. Smith-Marsette finished his first career start with four receptions, 36 yards, and two touchdowns, including a 15-yard diving score in the fourth quarter, and one rushing attempt for seven yards.
REINVENTING THE STADIUM WAVE
In a tradition that started at the University of Iowa football team’s season opener in 2017, fans inside Kinnick Stadium and patients and families inside the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital will exchanges waves at the end of the first quarter.
The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital opened in 2017. It is connected to the south end of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and overlooks Kinnick Stadium from the southwest grandstands. During Iowa football home games, patients and their families can watch the game from the top floor (Level 12), one of the highest vantage points in Iowa City.
The wave highlights the relationship between the football team and the hospital. The Hawkeyes’ “Touchdowns for Kids” campaign has long been a fundraiser and during every game, a “kid captain” from the hospital receives special recognition from the Hawkeye football program.
KIRK FERENTZ RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week during the regular season. The radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs live each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.
ALL ABOARD TO KINNICK STADIUM!
The Hawkeye Express, the passenger train that transports fans from Coralville to Kinnick Stadium, enters its 14th season in 2017.
Adults can ride the train for $15, round trip, while children (12-and-under) ride for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UI Ticket Office or on game day (cash only on game day) at the Hawkeye Express depot located near the boarding ramp. The trip to Kinnick Stadium is approximately 10 minutes. Media credentials are accepted as well.
Free parking is located in lots near the Comfort Suites and Coral Ridge Mall. Fans can begin boarding the train three hours prior to 11 a.m. kickoffs, and four hours prior to the start of afternoon and night games. Return trips begin at the start of the fourth period and run 90 minutes after the game.
The Hawkeye Express is owned by the Iowa Northern Railway Company and operates on the Iowa Interstate Railroad.
IOWA GAME DAY INFORMATION
The University of Iowa has implemented changes intended to improve the safety and game day experience for fans attending Iowa football home games at Kinnick Stadium this fall. Changes include, but are not limited to, a partial closure of Hawkins Drive, a postgame two-lane traffic pattern on Melrose Avenue, single-game ADA parking, and information regarding the UI Hawkeye Marching Band pregame performance in the Recreation Building. A complete list of game day changes and procedures is available at http://hawkeyesports.com/footballgameday.